The Duke of Sussex called Remembrance Sunday a "profound act of honour" as he recalled being shot at while serving in Afghanistan.
Prince Harry served in the Army for a decade before he retired his military career to work as a senior member of the Royal Family.
In an interview on Declassified, a military podcast, the royal said Remembrance Sunday gives a "moment for respect and hope."
He also said wearing the British Army uniform was "among the greatest honours there are in life," and recognised the sacrifices of the fallen.
Prince Harry said: "The act of remembering, of remembrance, is a profound act of honour.
"It's how we preserve the legacies of entire generations and show our gratitude for the sacrifices they made in order for us to be able to live the lives we live today."
The Duke of Sussex, who undertook two tours of Afghanistan, said he draws from his memories when he thinks about his time in service.
He said he remembers the first time he and his fellow soldiers were shot at, who he was with, the casualties, and those saved.
Prince Harry said: "I draw from what I remember and who I remember – like the first time we were shot at and who I was with, the casualties we saw, and those we saved, and the first medevac we escorted out of contact in a race against time.
"Once served, always serving – no matter what.
"Being able to wear my uniform, being able to stand up in service of one's country – these are among the greatest honours there are in life."
The Times reported Prince Harry made a personal request to Buckingham Palace for a wreath to be laid on his behalf at the Cenotaph.
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Royal family members Prince William and Prince Charles were present at the event, but Prince Harry was refused the request due to the fact he stepped down as a senior member of the Firm in March.
The Times claims Harry, who is no longer a monarch, was "deeply saddened" by the rebuttal and instead appeared on a military podcast to mark the event.
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